1. "RE: OMAR. Rank his discography." In response to Reply # 0
Omar is a living legend imo
1.Ranked in descending order This is Not A Love Song For Pleasure Best By Far Music Love In Beats The Man There's Nothing Like This Sing....
2. Growing up in the UK, "There's Nothing Like This" was the first song I heard by him. I remember being moved and intrigued at the time but at 9 years old I wasn't buying music yet so didn't hear the album until a few years later. My first Omar album was For Pleasure and I was hooked. Little Boy is phenomenal as is a lot of that album.
3. I think I've seen Omar 6 times now - all at the London Jazz Cafe. He puts on a weeks residence there every year so it's pretty easy to catch him.
I love Omar's music and he's a good guy. Met him at a friends wedding once and he was as smooth and affable as I thought he'd be.
2. "For Pleasure is Omar's 1999." In response to Reply # 0
1. For Pleasure
This album is like the Illmatic of UK Soul. * David Frank (from The System) as a producer. * Leon Ware writing. * Lamont Dozier writing and producing. * Ray Parker Jr. played guitar
The harmonies at the end of "Can't Get Nowhere". Omar's synth work on the bridge on "Keep Steppin'"? When I first got into Omar, I was obsessed with Best By Far and This Is Not A Love Song. But now? No question it's For Pleasure.
2. This Is Not A Love Song 3. Best By Far 4. The Man 5. Music
6. Love In Beats (I need to spend more time with this LP). 7. There's Nothing Like This 8. Sing...(if you want to)
Sing was a disappointment. I so wanted it to be good because it had been 5 years since he had put something out. I mess with "Get It Together", "All For Me" and "It's So", but the rest is kinda eh. Both the Common and Stevie Wonder collaborations fell flat to me.
A friend of mine sent me a RealPlayer link (I'm dating myself with that) of "In The Morning", and it was one of those moments where you remember where you were. I'd never heard anything like that before.
I saw Omar live only once. It was in a small venue here in Chicago called The Hot House. The stage was only >< far off the ground, so we were all crammed in there on top of dude. But he killed the show. I was lucky to find an audio recording of it back during the soul seek days...ha. He was supposed to come to the US in 2019 but had some visa issues. Either way, he puts on an amazing show.
They planted the early seeds of what is commonly called neo-soul. A lot of Omar's early stuff didn't hit here in the US in the early 90s, but if you were an underground soul head and in tune with the UK music scene in the 90s, you probably knew about him.
A lot of that changed with his 2001 Best By Far album. He had features with both Erykah Badu and Angie Stone (depending on which version you got). He also had a successful tour in the US on that album as well. The Soulquarians tapped him for two songs on Common's Electric Circus album. So Omar definitely had a presence in the US and is DEFINITELY worth checking out.